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Van Gaal: I Bought Finidi For Ajax With My Own Money

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he paid former Super Eagles star Finidi George's transfer fee during his time in charge of Ajax.

Van Gaal, 64, spent six years in charge of the Eridivisie side and won 11 trophies during his reign at the Amsterdam Arena.

However, his time in charge of the 2013-14 Dutch champions was drastically affected by the club's poor financial situation.

And the Dutch giants' lack of finances led to the veteran manager paying £3,000 (about N912,505) to snap up George from Nigerian side Sharks in 1993.

Finidi alongside former Eagles captain and two-time African Footballer of the Year Nwankwo Kanu went on to win the UEFA Champions League with Ajax in 1995.

“We didn’t have any money and we were bankrupt, so I had to look to youth,” the Manchester United boss told The Daily Telegraph.

“We scouted [Jari] Litmanen, a Finnish player, who we bought for £10,000.

"We also bought Finidi George. He was a Nigerian international.

"He was £3,000. I paid it by myself! And then, we bought Marc Overmars."
 

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